Hervey Bay

Travel Guide
Hervey Bay which includes forest scenes and a park
Find out why this stunning city is known as the whale-watching capital of Australia and spend your days exploring its sweeping sandy beaches and pretty parks.

Hervey Bay is a coastal city renowned for its marine wildlife and breathtaking beaches. Spot whales on a cruise trip or visit the city’s fascinating historical attractions.

Choose from a range of whale-watching tours departing from the Great Sandy Straits Marina in Urangan. Be awed by the sight of humpback whales breaching the surface of the deep blue ocean as you explore the Fraser Coast region. You might also see dolphins, turtles and dugongs. Learn about the whales’ journey from Antarctica to the warm waters of the bay, where mothers give birth and nurse their calves in the migration season from mid July to late October. Book your boat trip in advance and bring you camera to record these special memories.

Walk along the oceanfront esplanade and admire the views over the Great Sandy Strait. Cycle the 14-kilometre (8.6-mile) path from Point Vernon to Urangan. The patrolled waters and sheltered barbecue areas at Torquay Beach are ideal for families. Explore the historic Urangan Pier and the nearby Reefworld Aquarium. This education centre showcases beautiful reef habitats and colourful fish. Kids will enjoy feeding marine life at the touch pool and spotting green turtles in their recreated habitat.

Stroll through the tranquil Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. A highlight is the gardens’ impressive collection of orchids. Spend a quiet moment at the open-air bush chapel, surrounded by rainforest vegetation.

Contemplate life in the 19th century at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum. Wander around the recreated village and see an original slab cottage complete with period furnishings. The museum contains a large collection of household goods and farming equipment. Check the museum’s programme, which includes interactive workshops, such as historic blacksmithing demonstrations.

Hervey Bay is approximately 300 kilometres (186 miles) north of the state capital of Brisbane and can be reached by bus, train, car or domestic flight. Whale-watching tours operate between July and November.

Experience nature up close in the waterfront city of Hervey Bay.

Where to stay in Hervey Bay

The Beach Motel Hervey Bay
The Beach Motel Hervey Bay
3.5 out of 5
475 Charlton Esplanade (Cnr Ann Street), Hervey Bay, Torquay, QLD, 4655
The price is AU$106 per night from 4 Aug. to 5 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Hervey Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a business centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (985 reviews)
"The beds & pillows were so comfy. The area was great. Our checkin & out was hassel free. Would definitely stay agin."

Reviewed on 25 Apr. 2022

The Beach Motel Hervey Bay
Ramada Hervey Bay
Ramada Hervey Bay
4 out of 5
627 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan, QLD, 4655
The price is AU$205 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Hervey Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (990 reviews)
"It was a wonderful experience staying.A very good clean and spacious apartment.Staffs were very friendly."

Reviewed on 7 May 2022

Ramada Hervey Bay
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
569 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan, QLD, 4655
The price is AU$220 per night from 20 Jul. to 21 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hervey Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,490 reviews)
"Check in was a quick and easy process. Staff were friendly and helpful. The accommodation was in a great location with lots of choice for restaurants and cafes nearby. Apartment was lovely. Nicely decorated and very clean with lots of space. Great little kitchen and laundry setup. Will definitely ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park
Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park
3 out of 5
21 Denmans Camp Road, Scarness, QLD, 4655
The price is AU$60 per night from 15 Jul. to 16 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Hervey Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (200 reviews)
"Positives: Property clean, owners flexible, awesome pool, short walk to the beach, quiet park Not so positive: very tight car parking space beside cabin, beds saggy, pizza oven not working"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2022

Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
569 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan, QLD, 4655
The price is AU$220 per night from 20 Jul. to 21 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hervey Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,490 reviews)
"Check in was a quick and easy process. Staff were friendly and helpful. The accommodation was in a great location with lots of choice for restaurants and cafes nearby. Apartment was lovely. Nicely decorated and very clean with lots of space. Great little kitchen and laundry setup. Will definitely ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Grand Mercure Allegra Hervey Bay
Grand Mercure Allegra Hervey Bay
4.5 out of 5
468 The Esplanade, Reception: 70 Cypress St, Torquay, QLD, 4655
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hervey Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (458 reviews)
"Really enjoyed relaxing stay. Well situated across from the bay and walkable each end to restaurants."

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2022

Grand Mercure Allegra Hervey Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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